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Conference Focuses on Bullying

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The shootings at Pearl High School and Columbine put bullying in the national spotlight. But the problem has grown leading to suicides among victims.

Experts say with social media, kids have become even more vicious with emotional torture. A conference focusing on the problem of bullying was sponsored by the Jackson State University School of Lifelong Learning.

Educators learned why students like Luke Woodham in Pearl resort to violence. Speakers say the mean girl phenomenon has made females the most relentless bullies.

Sponsors hope they can help educators spot the signs and come up with positive ways to help bullies and their victims.

WLBT talked with Dr. Johnnie Mills-Jones the Dean of JSU's School of Lifelong Learning and Dr. James Fox, a professor at Northeastern University.

"Number one how to identify bullies, two, learn some things about how to prevent bullying and what they can do at home, or whether its at school or at work, and three, how they can network and collaborate", Dr. Jones said.

"Kids learn from us that we admire the aggressors and pity the pushovers. And until we stop doing that things will be hard to change", said Dr. Fox.

Parents and educators were also encouraged to realize bullying is not a rite of passage  because it can, and does have devastating and deadly consequences. The conference continues Friday.

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